With summer in full swing and the weather heating up, it’s somewhat inevitable that thoughts begin to turn to the summer tradition of the barbecue. Fun in the sun, surrounded by friends and family, indulging in delicious food that you just don’t get the chance to eat the rest of the year – what more could you possibly want?
If you’re hosting a barbecue soon, then a little planning ahead will guarantee that your event goings off without a hitch. So what four main areas do you need to focus on?
Food (For Everyone)
So the basic fare for a barbecue is usually pretty simple; it’s meat, and endless amounts of meat. So go wild with your sausages, your steaks, and anything else that catches your eye. It’s always worth adding a salad into your preparation to ensure there’s at least something green to eat, too.
Of course, there is every chance that you won’t just have omnivores attending your ‘do – so you’re going to need to have other options for vegetarians and vegans. There are plenty of substitute recipes, like these vegan burgers, that will allow you to ensure everyone feels included.
It doesn’t matter how good the food is; if you don’t have a range of beverages for your guest, then you’re going to be looking at a barbecue failure before you have even begun. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to cater to the different preferences of your guests. You can buy alcohol online so you don’t have to rush through a grocery store grabbing anything that looks good, and you can even add a few cocktail recipes which your guests might have fun experimenting with.
Tidy Up & Spruce Up
You’re going to need your backyard to be looking good, so make sure you’ve got enough time in the midst of your preparation for a good old fashioned tidy up. Go through and do the basics of tidying up outdoors; rake up leaves, pull up any errant weeds, and ensure there’s no mud or mess on walkways. You don’t have to spend a huge amount of time on it, but you do want your outdoor space to be welcoming to guests.
To achieve that aim, then use your tidying time as a chance to throw a few decorations around. Lights always work well, especially as they are useful when the night is drawing in. Don’t forget to ensure any kids coming are also provided for by way of a few toys and entertainment options.
Dealing with the need for music at a summer barbecue has never been easier, in an age of iPhones and digital files. Set up a specific playlist on Spotify in the week before your shindig, asking your guests to contribute their own ideas. That way, everyone gets a say in what they want to hear and it’s one less thing for you to do – perfect!
And there we have it – get the above right and there’s no doubt about it; your barbecue will be a huge success, with an amazing time had by all.